Summer can be rough on an office in Columbus, Ohio. Summer showers often mean more dirt gets tracked into the office and warmer weather means associates are likely to take time off work. These two things combined can lead to a dirtier-than-normal office. To combat this, it’s best to get ahead of the dirt and prevent it from happening.
Here are a few ways to get ahead of summer dirt.
1. Beware of mold and mildew.
Warmer months can cause mold and mildew to flourish. Not only does mold look bad, but it is also destructive and can produce allergens. And, exposure to mold allergens can cause a number of symptoms, including: runny nose, cough, congestion, and asthma.
To prevent mold, and prevent your associates from getting sick, wipe surfaces in kitchens and bathrooms regularly. These are the areas you’re most likely to get mold growth.
2. Keep dirt from tracking inside.
To keep dirt from being tracked inside there are two things you should do: 1. Put floor mats at every entrance. Floor mats will help knock dirt off shoes as people walk inside. 2. Ask associates to use one office entrance. This will keep any dirt tracked in localized and easier to clean up.
Want more tips on controlling dirt? Read How to Keep Dirt From Being Tracked Into Your Workplace.
3. Get your air ducts cleaned.
Dirty air ducts can cause issues for anyone who suffers from allergies or asthma, which is why it’s so important to get them cleaned.
Your office air ducts not only circulate air, but also particles like dust mites, dirt and mold. During winter, when you’re not running your air conditioning, dust mites and dirt will settle in your air ducts. Then, when you turn on your air conditioning for the first time all of that dust and dirt will get filtered into the air your associates are breathing. It’s best to get your air ducts cleaned and avoid any potential issues.
4. Keep your break room refrigerator cleaned out.
During summer, your associates are more likely to take time off work and go on vacations. This also means they’re more likely to leave leftovers in the breakroom refrigerator. Leaving food for days can cause your office to smell. To combat this institute a policy for how often your refrigerator will be cleaned out and encourage associates to take home leftovers everyday.
5. Lastly, assign an office checker.
Assigning an office checker can be incredibly beneficial to maintaining a clean office during the summer. This will encourage everyone to hold themselves accountable for their areas and ensure your cleaning policies are being maintained.
Are you having trouble keeping your associates productive during summer? Read our 6 Tips To Increase Employee Productivity During Summer.